It's not too late to do something special with your valentine this weekend!
PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS WITH A ROMANCE PACKAGE
Spend an entire weekend snuggling up at elegant Pronghorn resort. Romance packages include dinner at Chanterelle with a prix fixe meal that includes an appetizer, main course and dessert for $65 per person (gratuity not included). Add an extended stay in one of their handsome Jr. suites at a special price of $169 per night.
If a grand gesture is what you want for you and your valentine, the Oxford Hotel is the spot. Its romance package includes a deluxe king room, a bottle of bubbly, chocolate truffles to share, and a $100 credit for dinner at 10 Below for $304. Upgrade to a terrace suite for an additional $60.
Brasada Ranch is offering another version of the upscale room and dining package. A four-course dinner at the Range Restaurant is $65 a person. Follow that up with a $199-a-night suite or $289 a-night cabin and it'll be one for the record books.
Five Pine also offers romance packages ranging in price from about $420 to $500 for a two-night stay in a classic cabin, a three-course dinner at Jen's Garden, tickets to a movie at Sisters Movie House, champagne on arrival and all the other amenities at Five Pine, including access to the Sisters Athletic Club.
A number of other hotels in Central Oregon, including the Riverhouse and Sunriver Resort, also offer romance packages perfect for a special weekend.
Popping the question? Try nestling the ring on top of the creamy icing of an Ida's cupcake. Ida's, located at 1314 NW Galveston, has hundreds of cupcake and velvety frosting combinations you can choose from, including gluten and dairy free options. With a daily menu of nine cake flavors and nine frosting flavors, you can custom select your main squeeze's favorite, and have it uniquely decorated and personalized while you wait. Gourmet cupcakes are only $3.50 each.
We asked our readers to tell us their proposal stories. Here are two of our favorites:
Ellie Sullivan Cuff
My husband proposed to me on New Year's Eve of 2010. We didn't have any plans, he just told me to dress up and that we would find somewhere to get dessert. I had heard that Lilian Chu was doing a New Year's party at 5 Fusion (where we went for our prom too) so we stopped by, and even though they were closing she let us come in and gave us celebration hats and served us delicious dessert. While I was off looking at the bar my now-husband put a beautiful wood box on the table, and when I noticed it he opened it to show a shining little engagement ring. It was such an amazing night, and we got back to my parent's house just in time to tell them and pop the champagne before the ball dropped. It was the best New Year's kiss ever :)
The first time my husband and I kissed, Jack Johnson's song "Flake" was playing in the background. Naturally, we got tickets to his concert at LSA in 2005 and when "Flake" began to play my husband turned me around and dropped down onto one knee. Someone in the crowd got a picture of it all going down and emailed it to us. A framer, to say the least.
STAY IN AND SNUGGLERecipe by Lisa Glickman
How about skipping the dinner reservation altogether and making your beloved dinner at home? Nothing shows your devotion more than displaying your culinary prowess in the kitchen.
We've put together a super simple and flavorful lamb with red curry sauce that's a little sweet and a little spicy...just right for Valentine's Day.
2 cups fresh green beans, washed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
3 teaspoons canola oil
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1 can coconut milk (can use light)
¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons red curry paste
¾ lb lamb sirloin cut into thin slices
I tablespoon Asian fish sauce
Juice of a fresh lime
Roasted cashews (optional)
Place 3 cups water in a saucepan and season with kosher salt. Add sweet potato and turn heat to medium high. Cook potato until fork tender. Drain and set aside. Wash and cut green beans and set aside. Heat the oil in a large straight-sided pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until browned and caramelized. Stir in the coconut milk, broth, curry paste and fish sauce. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Add lamb and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to cook until lamb is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Add beans and sweet potato and simmer until beans are crisp tender. Stir in lime juice and serve over rice garnished with cashews. (Recipe by Lisa Glickman)
After dinner cuddle on the couch with one of these romantic movies.
Starring Ryan Gosling (total hottie) and Rachel McAdams (total cutie), this is a film about two young lovers torn apart by war and class differences in the 1940s and about people who will do just about anything to hang on to their one true love.
About 17 story lines, all leading up to one very special Christmas. Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Keira Knightly are just a few of the sexy characters that make this a great V-Day movie.
The Princess Bride
OK, this is just one of our favorite movies of all time for any occasion. By the end, you'll be ready to whisper the words "As you wish" to your darling all night long.